Note: Over the next few weeks, I’ll be reading Eric Scheninger‘s book, Digital Leadership. Eric was kind enough to send me a copy and I’ll be sharing my notes and thoughts as I work my way through it. I’m honored that Eric sent me a print copy to read and share my thoughts on.
MyNotes – Chapter 1: The Evolving Educational Landscape
- From a pre-chapter: “Digital leadership is not an add-on, but a complement to everything I do as a principal. It is not a time sap, either; instead, it is a different way of leading that is richer, more effective, more efficient, and better informed.”
- As a result of the lack of initiative, fear, unwillingness to change, or not knowing where to begin on the part of school leaders, a natural disconnect has formed between key stakeholders and schools, because people are now heavily invested in using digital technologies for both personal and professional reasons.
- Leaders can develop strategies to communicate information, enhance public relations, collaborate with other practitioners, discover opportunities to improve school culture, and be open to a nonstop pathway of new, innovative ideas.
- As cost-effective and enticing as cloud computing is, many schools fear losing control of private student information…The good news for school leaders is that nothing in FERPA prevents schools from using cloud-based services. When contracting any cloud computing solution, it must be clear that the party to whom the information is disclosed will not disclose the information to any other party without the prior consent of the parent or eligible student. If this condition is not met, it is a violation of FERPA.
- Students are engaged in their digital worlds, and they are learning without us.
- Students are constructing meaning through the use of technology in ways that are relevant, meaningful, and fun.
- Characteristics of digital learners:
- prefer to access information quickly from multiple-media sources.
- prefer parallel processing and multi-tasking
- prefer random access to hyper-linked multimedia information
- prefer to learn “just in time”
- prefer instant gratification and immediate rewards
- prefer to network simultaneously with others
- prefer processing pictures, sounds, color and video before text
- prefer learning that is relevant, active, instantly useful, and fun
- The active learner often seeks knowledge online rather than using a textbook and has a little tolerance for delays…Society has created these active learners that schools need to keep up with, not the other way around.
- Acknowledging and beginning to understand these changes are the first steps to developing a vision and strategic plan for creating a learning culture that provides access to tools…digital leadership can begin here.
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